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Archive for August, 2017

15 Aug 2017

Museums Write to Congress about Funding

Nearly 950 museum organizations signed a letter to Congress about the need for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The agency was proposed for elimination in President Trump’s 2018 budget request.

NSC Alliance was among the signatories, as were several NSC Alliance member organizations.

“While we acknowledge the many pressing priorities in the budget, the tremendous economic and educational contributions of museums make them eminently worthy of federal funding,” states the letter. “As you make decisions about the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, we urge you to support agencies and programs that help museums make a difference in their communities.”

IMLS Letter

04 Aug 2017

Fire at Vermont Herbarium

A fire at a historic building at the University of Vermont threatened the natural history collections in the Pringle Herbarium. Initial assessments, however, indicate that the collection was not harmed.

The herbarium holds the state’s largest flora collection–more than 300,000 specimens. The specimens date back to 1810.

The building also houses the university’s insect and mammal collections. The university said in a statement that the animal collections appear to be undamaged.

The blaze was likely caused by construction workers who were soldering copper. Although the fire was contained to the upper parts of the building, water damage occurred throughout the building.

The university will move the collections and are planning to restore the building.